The Cezanne Effect in Malevich’s Suprematism

Maria Kokkori*

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This essay focuses on Paul Cezanne’s painting Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair, situating it within Kazimir Malevich’s theory and practices, and tracing how this work became emblematic in Malevich’s teachings on modern art. Cezanne’s painting represents two intersecting stories: one pertaining to the introduction of modernism in Russia, and the other relating to Malevich’s theory of the additional element in painting. Ultimately, the essay aims to show how this particular work brings these two narratives together, shedding light on the role of form, color, and texture in Cezanne’s work and their influence on Malevich’s Suprematism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-125
Number of pages21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • art
  • Cezanne’s Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair –Ginkhuk
  • Cezannism
  • Kazimir Malevich
  • Paul Cezanne
  • science
  • the additional element in painting
  • The Golden Fleece (Zolotoe runo) journal and exhibition
  • Unovis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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